Monday, 25 April 2016

Festival Of Vintage

I have been looking forward to my first time at The Festival of Vintage and admit to having high expectations. I am very happy to say I was not disappointed by any of it!

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'Discover Vintage' run by the formidable vintage guru Keeley Harris has a reputation for organising fantastic vintage events and this was no exception. From a stall holders point of view it was very well organised and was a pleasure to be part of the whole weekend. It was extremely busy especially on the Saturday which is always a bonus for traders but to see so many people of all generations get so dressed up was a delight. Here are some of my highlights.

Saturdays outfits, all set up and ready to go.

I love my job and seeing my customers wearing clothes they have bought from me is always a real joy. This lady looks great in the 1970's shift dress and jacket.
These two lovely ladies looked stunning in their Green outfits and share my love of Peggy French couture. I want one in Green now too.

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Don't these couples look fantastic in their 1940's clothes. It's all in the details and the men were very patient shoppers. It was a pleasure to sell a coat to them,

 I kept losing Mr.Peru to the draw of all those lovely vintage cars and bikes outside! One day!.....

 When I was younger my dad had an old White Triumph Herald, when you're 14 years old sadly this didn't seem very cool. I would absolutely love one now though.
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I could have spent all my takings with so many fabulous dresses and pieces for home but I managed to restrain myself. There are as always a few items which I now wish I'd bought.

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It was a pleasure to meet the beautiful Harriet Ball who is currently in the running for Miss.Vintage UK, Twinwood Festival. She looked so pretty in her dress and isn't it reassuring to see younger people continuing the love for the vintage lifestyle.
You can vote for Harriet at

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Sadly I didn't have the time to take part in any activities but I would have enjoyed a bit of hula hooping with Jen Parry from High Hoops and getting creative with The Button Tin craft workshops. Mental note for next year.. be more organised and make the time.

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I completely missed the fashion shows, Harry & Edna and the M & S archive talks. I can see why you need to come for the whole weekend as a customer as their is so much going on to choose from and fit in with your shopping.

"Knees up Mother Brown!" There was something for everybody, from a bit of Cockney sing a long, to Lindy Hop lessons, 50's rock n roll and jive. I did sneak a peak at some of these dance lessons and they were clearly very popular. We could all do with a bit more music and dancing in our lives, don't you think?

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Whose looking forward to next years Festival Of Vintage already? I know I am.
Well done to all involved it was a great weekend.
Thanks for dropping by. x

Friday, 1 April 2016

Vogue 100: A Century of Style

This has to be the exhibition of the year for me. The exhibition held at the National Portrait Gallery is full of the most amazing iconic fashion photographs during the last 100 years of Vogue. The collection is huge and ranges from Charlie Chaplin, Kate Moss and Jean Shrimpton to name but a few.

It's hard to choose favourites as there are so many amazing photographers from David Bailey, Cecil Beaton, Helmut Newton , Lee Miller to name but a few. I was so taken away by this collection that I splashed out and bought the book. Here are a few of my favourites across the decades.

The elegance in this photo of tennis player Helen Willis Moody taken in June 1927 is striking. I love that Vogue shone a torch on such strong successful women. Helen Willis Moody didn't lose a single shot at Wimbledon. Photographed by Dorothy Wilding.

"Where there's a will, there's  waist"
 I will never tire of seeing this beautiful photo taken by Horst in 1939.

Home defence in Hampstead,1941. I have fallen in love with Lee Millers surrealist photographs and this led me to the wonderful Lee Miller exhibition currently at the Imperial War Museum. (blog post to follow).

Adele Collins, "In the manner of Van Dangen" by Norman Parkinson,1959. The soft out of focus approach is in the style of Van Dangen paintings. I am drawn to this woman's eyes even against the boldness of the Red hat and lipstick. Beautiful.

 To be honest there were so amazing 1960's photographs that I hadn't seen before it was impossible to choose. But Grace Coddington and Jean Shrimpton are two of my 60's idols. Photographed by David Bailey, 1966. I would wear all of those coats today.

"Limelight nights", 1973. Don't you just want to be at that party! Grace Coddington styled this photograph with Helmut Newton . Models: Karin Fedderson, Uva Barden and Barbera Carrera with Grace Coddington.

"Under Weston eyes" by Bruce Weber, 1982. Those eyes!

Girl crush of the 90's! I confess to changing my hair colour in line with Linda Evangelista including this colour. Photographed by Patrick Demarchelier, 1991.

What appeals to me about reading Vogue is although the styling and photographs are stunning and very creative they still make the clothes relevant and I can imagine wearing this stunning shirt with jeans. Cara Delevigne photographed by Glen Luchford, 2012.

We collect Vogue magazines in our house and they make lovely birthday gifts. I found this 1998 copy of Vogue for my daughters 16th birthday.

Bed time reading!
 There really is a fantastic array of fashion related exhibitions in London at the moment. Next on my list is the